About 18 km (10.5 miles) north of Revelstoke is Martha Creek Provincial Park. The park has a lot to offer and with excellent fishing, a wharf and a paved boat launch, it is quite popular with local fishermen. Martha Creek Provincial Park is the only provincial park that is on the Revelstoke reservoir and visitors can enjoy one of the area’s few sandy beaches along with an adventure playground and indoor cook shelter. There is even a field with a volleyball net so that you join a game or start your own.
Martha Creek Provincial Park is close to Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Park in the Selkirk Mountains, which offer visitors additional activities to engage in during a visit. A particularly popular activity is a drive along Summit Road, which is paved, where you can enjoy Mount Revelstoke’s wildflower meadows.
The park was established in 1993 and includes 71 hectares (.27 square miles). Looking to camp? Martha Creek Provincial Park offers 76 campsites, 35 of which are lakefront and 53 are reservable. A visit to Martha Creek Provincial Park is ideal for a soaking up the beauty and solitude of nature while engaging in your favorite activities.
To get to Martha Creek Provincial Park from Calgary, take the Trans-Canada Highway/AB-1 W and Trans-Canada Highway/BC-1 W for a total of 402 km (249.79 miles). You will then turn right onto Big Bend Highway/Nakusp Mica Creek Hwy/BC-23 N for 17.2 km (10.68 miles) until you arrive at the park.
The park is 580 km (360.39 miles) from Vancouver. You can take the Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 E from W Georgia St/BC-1A for 8.2 km (5.09 miles). Travel for 346 km (214.99 miles) as you continue to Kamloops. Next, follow Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1E to Big Bend Hwy/BC-23 in Columia-Shuswap B for 226 km (140.43 miles).
From the town of Revelstoke, you can drive up hill for about 300 meters (984 feet) to the turn off for Hwy 23 N. Head 20 km (12.42 miles) to the park.
Parking is available throughout the park.
Public transportation is not available to Martha Creek Provincial Park.
Enjoy gorgeous views of the mountains and reservoir from your campsite within Martha Creek Provincial Park. The park offers 76 campsites, some of which are near the lakeshore. Sites vary; there are single, double and pull-through sites and sites can accommodate different sizes of RV’s and trailers, up to 32 feet plus. The campground offers flush toilets, pit toilets and showers, as well as running water. Hook-ups are not available at the campground. Some sites can be reserved while others are first-come, first served and all include a fire pit and a picnic table. Camping at Martha Creek Provincial Park is a great way to set up a home base to which you can return after a fun day of exploring. You will enjoy easy access to swimming and boating during your stay, along with an indoor cook shelter and picnic field.
Strap on some snowshoes and explore Martha Creek Provincial Park in its winter glory! While the park does not have any formal trails, when there is snow on the ground it is perfect for a snowshoe romp. You will appreciate a different perspective of the park while it is covered in snow. Keep your eyes out for wildlife, and be sure to comply with the posted signs in order to ensure your safety and preserve the park.
Just 18 km (10.5 miles) south of the park is the town of Revelstoke. Not only can you explore the mountain town’s shops and eateries, you can find some pretty cool recreation activities. For example, check out Revelstoke Mountain Resort, which opened in the winter of 2007. The resort includes 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, high alpine bowls and 13 areas of graded terrain. The resort is unique in that it is the only one in the world to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing from one village base. A visit to the town of Revelstoke is a great way to spend some time exploring the area and viewing some magnificent scenery.
Just because the weather is cooler outside does not mean you can’t enjoy the beauty of Martha Creek Provincial Park. Get in your car and take a drive, experiencing the park from a different perspective. Keep your eyes out for wildlife while you drive. The park is home to many small mammals, like squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and porcupines. You might even catch site of mule deer, moose or caribou! With snow on the ground, you can experience a winter-wonderland of sorts, taking in the gorgeous scenery and solitude of the park as you drive.
Martha Creek Provincial Park is a great place to spend time out on the water in a boat. Powerboats are the most popular out on Revelstoke Reservoir, though canoeing and kayaking is also possible in the park. At the southern tip of the park, at the far end of the park entrance road, is a paved and concrete single-wide boat launch. There is also a large wharf that can accommodate up to four boats where you can dock your boat. Overnight parking is available for vehicles and boat trailers in the day-use/picnic parking lot. There is even overflow boat trailer parking near site 41 of the campground.
The Revelstoke Reservoir in Martha Creek Provincial Park is popular for fishing. Bring your fishing rod along when you visit the park, where you can fish for Rainbow and Bull trout, whether by land or by boat. Fishing in the reservoir is a great way to relax during your visit as well as take in the solitude and beauty of the park. When fishing in British Columbia, you will need to acquire the appropriate license. The BC Fishing Regulations Synopsis will provide you with information on restrictions and quotas.
When visiting a place with a cool lake like Martha Creek Provincial Park, swimming is one of the top activities to engage in. The Revelstoke reservoir’s water is refreshing and a perfect place to take a dip. You can easily access the water from the open beach that lies parallel to the campsites that offer a view of the lake. Walk through a beach of coarse sand and pebbles and jump on in. Whether you jump in quickly to cool off or enjoy a leisurely swim, the reservoir will feel great. Remember, swimming is at your own risk as there are no lifeguards on site.